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Impressions of Vietnam - Overview
DATES & COST 

October 24 - November 4, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

$3,520 per person/double occupancy
$1,390 single supplement
$250 additional night - single or double room (includes a private airport transfer)
$160 optional balcony room upgrade in Ha Long Bay (2 nights)
Includes all fees and taxes

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The tour may be combined with the Angkor Wat tour to Cambodia (November 4 - 7, 2019)


ONE ROOM LEFT

With its sublime physical beauty, mysteries of the ancient cultures and enduring traditions, Vietnam provides travelers with a wealth of treasures. From the traditional junks on Ha Long Bay, the exotic basket boats on the South China Sea, and the dragon boats on the Perfume River to Hue's imperial treasures and terraced rice fields tended by graceful women in conical straw hats, Vietnam's tangle of sensory experiences is truly mesmerizing.

During the Impressions of Vietnam tour, we'll set out on an exotic, yet luxurious, journey into the heart of Indochina. We'll explore the world of ancient cultural traditions, and experience some of the most mesmerizing scenery in the world: from French-influenced Hanoi to modern Saigon, which has figured so prominently in recent history, and is now a spirited cosmopolitan city, to imperial Hue, once home to emperors and mandarins and the atmospheric royal village of Hoi An. We'll see thousands of limestone islands as we sail on Ha Long Bay in a luxury junk, spend a day floating along the Mekong River Delta, study local cuisine during a private cooking class, enjoy a traditional water puppet show, take a cyclo tour through the French colonial architecture of Hanoi, a motorcycle foodie tour through the streets of Saigon, and explore Viet Cong's Cu Chi Tunnels. 

  • While in Hanoi, we'll tour the city by cyclo, visiting the Old Quarter, the Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Confucian Temple of Literature and the Women's Museum. We'll also attend the water puppet theater performance.
     
  • We'll enjoy a three-day cruise on a traditional luxury junk sailing along Ha Long Bay and the Red River Delta.
     
  • While staying in the regal city of Hue, we'll spend a full day visiting the Imperial Citadel, Forbidden Purple City, then crossing the Perfume River on a dragon boat to see the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs. We'll walk along the innovative Golden Bridge featuring incredible views of the mountainside of Ba Na Hills.
     
  • While we tour the World Heritage site of Hoi An, we'll attend a private cooking class taught by a celebrated Vietnamese chef, bike to Tra Que village and take a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River. Back in town, we'll be able to witness the colorful festival of lights with hundreds of candle-lit lanterns floating down the river.
     
  • While in Saigon, we'll tour the city, including the Eiffel-designed Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, the Opera House, and the infamous Viet Cong's Cu Chi tunnels. We'll also tour the city on motorcycles, and spend a full day exploring the Mekong Delta.
      
  • Throughout the tour, we'll enjoy luxury hotels, fine dining, passionate and knowledgeable guides and exclusive activities which will allow us to experience this remarkable country on a deep and personal level.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 11 nights' accommodations in 5 and 4 star hotels: 2 nights in Hanoi, 2 nights on a luxury junk on Ha Long Bay, 2 nights in Hue, 2 nights in Hoi An, and 3 nights in Saigon
     
  • Fine dining: 10 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 5 lunches and 9 dinners, including drinks; bottled mineral water throughout the tour
     
  • Professional, English speaking tour guide and an experienced tour director throughout the tour
     
  • All transportation in Vietnam: comfortable, air-conditioned bus and 2 domestic flights: Hanoi - Hue and Hoi An - Saigon
     
  • Private chauffeured airport transfers on arrival and on departure
     
  • All sightseeing and admission fees for all attractions and boat trips mentioned in the itinerary
     
  • Luxury, 3-days / 2-night cruise in Ha Long Bay
     
  • Water Puppet performance, a private cooking class and other activities mentioned in the itinerary
     
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
     
  • All restaurants, guides and drivers gratuities
     
  • All fees and taxes
NOT INCLUDED 

Optional single supplement fee, visa fee ($25US) on arrival in Vietnam, optional travel insurance, meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary, optional tour director gratuity, spa services, room service, mini bar, telephone charges.

The cost does not include airfare to and from Vietnam.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Cyclo tour of the French colonial Hanoi
  • Water puppet theater performance
  • 3 days/2 nights' luxury cruise on Ha Long Bay
  • The imposing imperial capital of Hue
  • Dining in the home of a Vietnamese royal descendant
  • Riding the funicular and the Golden Bridge
  • The atmospheric royal village of Hoi An
  • Bicycling through the rice fields
  • Sunset cruise on Thu Bon River
  • Private cooking class with a celebrity chef
  • Experiencing Saigon's food on a motorcycle
  • Full day on the Mekong River Delta
  • Bonsai Cruise on Saigon River
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • Accommodations in upscale, perfectly located hotels
  • Dining at elegant restaurants, including drinks
  • Knowledgeable and passionate private guides
  • Experienced, professional tour director
  • Carefully designed itinerary, including signature Vietnamese experiences
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • Inclusion of two internal flights in the tour cost
  • Inclusion of all guides and drivers gratuities
  • Inclusion of all fees and taxes
  • No forced shopping
TESTIMONIALS 

As always, S&S has designed yet another remarkable tour. I especially enjoyed the great variety as well as opportunities for physical activity and to experience Vietnamese people and culture. - Lynn from New York

Great tour overall. Very comprehensive for time available. Good mix of activities. Guide in Cambodia was excellent. - Mary Louise from Minnesota

I loved every minute of the tour. From the Cambodian Temples to the beautiful Ha Long Bay boat cruise. S&S really knows how to travel! - Tammy from New Jersey

I really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. I liked the variety of the experiences offered. I posted everyday on Facebook. All my friends enjoyed the pictures and commented on what a great adventure I was on. - Lynne from Illinois

We had a marvelous trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with Sights and Soul. It was well organized, the hotels were sensational, we hit the highlights and had additional adventures and experiences ie: cooking class, elephant ride, overnight on a luxury boat in Halong Bay. It was a packed itinerary but well planned to not leave us exhausted. I look forward to traveling with Sights and Soul again and have absolutely no reservations about recommending the services of this exceptional company. - Mara from Minnesota

The Vietnam tour exceeded my expectations. The itinerary was excellent, well thought out and executed beautifully. Lunch @ the architect’s home was very special, loved the foodie tour in Saigon, and the setting for lunch on the Mekong was beautiful. - Jane from New York

Every time I see the photos, I get such a rush of wonderful  memories. I am again reminded of what a fabulous tour you gave us and what a wonderful time we had. Thank you so much for being who you are and doing what you do. It really was a trip of a lifetime! - Marcia from California

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Why travel with other women?
Many women do not have families or compatible friends who wish to travel. When going on a main-stream tour, women often find that most activities are geared towards couples and quite often they feel left out. Singles' tours are not always what women are looking for. If you do not have a traveling companion, there is also the issue of the expensive "single supplement", sometimes as much as 50 or even 100 percent of the tour cost. By going on women-only tours, women can easily avoid paying for the single supplement by sharing a room with another woman traveler.
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